Thirteen trapped underground at South African gold mine

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Thirteen miners were trapped underground at a South African gold mine on Thursday after an earthquake that measured 2.2 caused a cave-in, mine operator Sibanye-Stillwater said.

FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind a shaft outside the mining town of Carletonville, west of Johannesburg, South Africa July 7, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

The firm said it had made contact with three of the workers trapped in the Masakhane mine west of Johannesburg and had mobilized rescue teams.

“All efforts are being made to locate the 10 employees who remain unaccounted for,” the firm said in a statement.

South Africa is home to the world’s deepest mines.

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